Things to Consider Before Camp

April 4, 2017

Day camp can be an exciting time for both parents and children. You can watch your child grow, make new friends, and have exciting experiences. On the other hand, it can be quite overwhelming if you’re sending your child to a day camp for the first time. So many different questions can pop into your head. What kind of sunscreen should be used? Do I pack a change of clothes? The list goes on and on, but have no fear; we’re here to help.

One of the most important things that your child brings is sunscreen. Sunscreen will protect him or her from the harsh summer sun and save you the headache of having to treat sunburn. At day camp, children are running around, sweating, and possibly even swimming, so we suggest using a waterproof sunscreen. It is also important to keep in mind that children probably are not going to remember to reapply sunscreen throughout the day, so try using a high SPF.

The next item on our list is lunch. It may seem like a no-brainer that children need to eat lunch every day, but what kinds of food are best for them? Light foods that are full of protein will be the most beneficial. If your child is spending all day running around, he is going to be relying on the energy he gets from his lunch to keep him going. Try to stay away from packing sugary drinks and salty snacks; drinks with a lot of sugar, as well as snacks like potato chips, tend to dehydrate the body.

Dehydration brings us to our next item: water. Most day camps have access to a water source whether it be from a fountain or from a cooler. The problem is that they are usually located in one place, and children aren’t always going to want to run back to the hydration station every time they want a drink. Your child having his own water bottle resolves that problem because they can carry it with them to any section of the camp grounds.

Picking out the right clothing every morning is essential for having a successful day at camp. The standard camp dress is breathable, athletic clothing and sneakers. It’s important to remember that the weather won’t always be perfect, so be sure to check it every morning. This way, you’ll know if you need to pack a rain coat or a pair of boots. Supplying a change of clothing can also be beneficial. Children are messy, especially when they’re spending all day running around outside. It couldn’t hurt to supply an extra pair of sneakers or a backup shirt for your child.

Finally, it is important to check the day camp’s calendar for special events. Depending on the activity, you may have to pack extra items. Whether this means packing a bathing suit, a group snack, or a pair of hiking boots, you always want your child to be prepared.